1st International Workshop on
Information Technology for Patient Safety

ITPS 2009


held in conjunction with



ITAB 2009, November 5-7, 2009, Larnaca, Cyprus


Errors in healthcare are recognized causes of adverse events threatening patient safety. Recent studies are alerting on the number, the magnitude and the consequences of such errors, and have raised patient safety to the top of the healthcare agenda worldwide. Information technology is increasingly becoming the number one weapon against avoidable adverse healthcare events by providing essential tools for the monitoring of healthcare processes, and for the automatic reporting, analysis and prevention of healthcare errors.


The International Workshop on Information Technology for Patient Safety, held in conjunction with the 9th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine ITAB 2009, is envisaged as a compilation of the latest trends and developments in the field of information technology for patient safety.


The workshop aims to enable interaction and knowledge exchange with researchers actively involved in this field. It is organized in the framework of the project DEBUGIT (Detecting and Eliminating Bacteria UsinG Information Technologies), which focuses on building information technology tools that should have significant impacts for the monitoring and control of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistances in Europe. DEBUGIT is funded by the European Commissionís Seventh Framework Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, ICTs for Health (contract no. 217139).


The workshop will be open to all the participants of the ITAB 2009 conference and will include only peer reviewed papers. Selected papers of the conference (including those of the proposed workshop) will be invited to various special issues, including a special issue on the IEEE Trans. on Information Technology in Biomedicine. High quality contributions on patient safety issues from the fields of medical informatics, biomedical engineering and bioinformatics are welcome. Specific topics may include, without being limited to, the following:

  • Standardization and interoperability in healthcare
  • Clinical information systems
  • Ontologies
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Pattern recognition
  • Signal/image processing and analysis
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Expert and decision support systems


Paper submission


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers of no more than four (4) pages in IEEE format including results, figures and references. Paper submission and registration will be handled by the conference management system of the ITAB conference. All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of ITAB 2009 to be published by the IEEE. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop for presentation.


Steps for paper submission:


Important Dates


July 10, 2009

Paper submission (extended)

August 30, 2009

Notification of acceptance

September 30, 2009

Camera-ready submission and author registration

(please follow the instructions provided in http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/itab2009/)



Workshop organizer


Dr. Dimitris K. Iakovidis

Department of Informatics & Computer Technology

Technological Educational Institute of Lamia
Lamia, Greece



Scientific committee  (in alphabetical order)


Martin Boeker, University of Freiburg, Germany

Dirk Colaert, Agfa Healthcare, Belgium

Stavros Karkanis, Technological Educational Institute of Lamia, Greece

Christian Lovis, University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland

Patrick Ruch, University of Applied Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland